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It’s in the blood – assessing average blood-sugar levels
06 April, 2017
US researchers have developed a more precise method for estimating...
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Speedy testing for STIs - revolutionising point-of-care treatment 06 April, 2017 Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) take a day to diagnose in the lab, and patients aren’t often keen to hear their results. Dr John Clarkson believes he can cut that time down to...

Catheter crisis – making dialysis safer 06 April, 2017 Bloodstream infections in dialysis patients in the US could be cut in half if dialysis facilities were to implement new CDC recommendations. A new initiative, the Making Dialysis...

Small steps – supporting dementia patients 06 April, 2017 Patients with dementia receiving treatment in hospital are being offered a new style of support to help ensure that they are staying nourished and mentally active. Practical Patient...

Smartphones at the ready - antibiotic-resistant microbes 06 April, 2017 To fight the looming threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes, an interdisciplinary team of engineering and pharmaceutical researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles,...

Bugs vs bots – using robots to sterilise drug-resistant bacteria 04 April, 2017 Robots emitting UV light are now being used to disinfect hospital rooms, sterilising drug-resistant bacteria that chemicals and humans may have missed. Clyde Brawner and Darin Smith...

In cold plasma – new therapy frontiers 04 April, 2017 Cold plasma therapy is generating a buzz across multiple areas of medicine. According to a recent study, it could hold significant promise in treating chronic wounds, regenerating...

Patient education in Europe – EWMA and diabetic care 04 April, 2017 European Wound Management Association (EWMA) council members Dr Sebastian Probst, professor of tissue viability and wound care at the School of Health Sciences, University of...

Handheld diagnosis for bedsores – biometric scanners 04 April, 2017 A host of new devices that aim to prevent pressure ulcers are being trialled in hospitals across the world and have seen great results. The new handheld biometric scanners use sensors...

From outer space to life science – compact gamma cameras 15 February, 2017 Gamma cameras are traditionally large devices that are situated in nuclear medicine departments, but technology from the world of astrophysics has enabled the production of compact...

In sync: phase-contrast imaging 15 February, 2017 A team of engineers at University College London have developed an X-ray method using phase-contrast imaging technology set to improve cancer detection and reduce reoperation rates....

Bone of contention – does ultrasound help to heal fractures? 15 February, 2017 Ultrasound is performed to help speed the healing of bone fractures, but a randomised trial reports the procedure is actually ineffective and we may have been engaging in junk science...

Heart of the matter - PET/CT scanning 15 February, 2017 For more than a decade, emergency-room patients have been informed as to their cardiac health by a standard stress test of their arterial blood flow. However, new research at...


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